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Four-car collision slowed bridge traffic Wednesday

Observer staff report

Published on May 16, 2018 1:47PM

Last changed on May 16, 2018 2:13PM

MEGLER — No one was seriously injured in a four-car collision that temporarily blocked one lane of traffic on the Astoria-Megler Bridge on Wednesday.

The wreck occurred on the northbound side of the bridge at about 9:45 a.m., according to a Washington State Patrol collision report.

Workers for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) were directing work around a construction project. Richard Chambers, 62 of Ocean Park, Donna Sherman, 57, of Rosburg, and Keene Wright, 50, of Long Beach, stopped when a flagger signaled them to stop. A fourth driver, Renee Hunsinger, 39, of Astoria, was looking at her toddler, who was in the back seat, and did not realize traffic had come to a halt until it was too late.

Hunsinger’s 2005 Toyota 4Runner struck Chambers’ 2018 Toyota Rav4, causing a “chain reaction,” WSP Sgt. Brad Moon said. Chambers, in turn, ran into Sherman’s 2014 Subaru Forester, which hit Keene’s 2013 Kia Soul. The vehicles belonging to Hunsinger, Chambers and Sherman were all towed from the scene.

Hunsinger was not injured. Chambers and Sherman were taken by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital to be checked out for neck and back pain.

Hunsinger was not insured. She was cited for driving without insurance and negligent driving.

One lane of traffic was blocked for about 90 minutes, Moon said, but there were already flaggers on scene, who helped direct traffic until the wreck was cleared up.


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